Minnesota Orchestra Live from Cuba

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, March 2014 - credit Greg Helgeson

(Photo credit: Greg Helgeson)

Classical 90.5, in partnership with American Public Media, is proud to bring you two live, historic performances of Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba! These are the first performances and broadcasts of an American Orchestra from Cuba since President Obama moved to normalize relations in December 2014.

On Friday, May 15, Osmo Vänskä will lead the Minnesota Orchestra in a concert of Beethoven masterworks that will prominently feature Cuban artists. In addition to Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont and Eroica Symphony, they’ll be joined by the Cuban National Choir, Coro Vocal Leo and pianist Frank Fernandez for Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.

The Saturday, May 16 concert includes the unforgettably Mediterranean melodies that comprise Leonard Berstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story as well as Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite.

These landmark performances will take place Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at 8pm on Classical 90.5 and wuol.org!

Louisville Orchestra Broadcast


Classical 90.5 presents a performance by the Louisville Orchestra this Sunday at 6 pm on Louisville in Concert. The Louisville Orchestra brought the spirit of Paris to Whitney Hall on Feb. 24 and 26, 2011. The program included Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 in G minor, “The Hen,” Ravel’s Sheherazade (featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Platts), and Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1947 version).